Feathers in my cap

Thank you

Feeling gratitude and not expressing it is like wrapping a present and not giving it.

~ William Arthur Ward

I have been remiss in the area of gratitude lately.  Over the past several weeks some wonderful fellow bloggers have nominated me for various awards.  Please accept my sincere thanks for the honors you have bestowed upon me, and my apologies for waiting so long (in some cases) to acknowledge the awards.

Sharing the view. Pike's Peak, Colorado. August 2010.

Here is where I make matters worse.  I know I should link to the people who have nominated my blog.  And I would.  Truly.  Except, well, my email was so backlogged that when I went through it over the weekend I decided that I would have to start deleting the emails I receive about new blogs posts (subscriptions) from those blogs that I follow.  With so many of us involved in either NaBloPoMo or PostADay2011, I’m getting a lot of blog subscription emails.

I sincerely apologize for not naming and linking to those of you who were so kind as to offer me the awards.  Although I could name and link to a few, I am afraid I’ll miss someone and that might be worse than not naming and linking to anyone.  (Does that make sense?)

A hint of flames in the firewood

The sun finally decided to visit the Bogs this afternoon.  After three days of dark clouds and rain, it was a little hard on the eyes at first, but it didn’t take long to adjust to the brightness.  It’s amazing what a mood booster sunshine can be.

A dark and dreary day

I am currently on day 59 of my yoga and food commitments.  Both are changing me in unexpected ways that are difficult to express in words.  Writing in my yoga diary every day, I try to define those changes in words, but words fail me.  If I ever come up with something worth sharing, I will do so.

Abstract fungi. It looks like the surface of strange planet, doesn't it?

I’m getting ready for our vegetarian Thanksgiving feast.  I had to do some last minute grocery shopping this morning.  Apparently thousands of other people had a similar errand to run.  The stores were packed with people.

A dark and dreary day II

I made a veggie stock today that I will be using to make gravy to go with our Quorn Turk’Y Roast.  I caramelized some mushrooms and onions to give it color as well as flavor, and tossed in a big handful of fresh herbs that are normally used in poultry seasoning (sage, rosemary, and thyme).  We’ll have the usual mashed potatoes, homemade cranberry sauce, and two or three veggie side dishes to go with the roast and gravy.  The veggie stock has been perfuming the air in the house for a few hours now.  It smells wonderful.  The top note of sage gives it a very Thanksgiving-y aroma.

Moss on wood

This will be our first Thanksgiving without a turkey.  We’ve had vegetarian dishes on Thanksgiving Day in the past (to accommodate friends who are vegetarian).  I would usually cook a turkey sometime over the weekend following Thanksgiving.  I will not be doing that this year. I don’t think I will miss it very much, but the jury is still out on that.

Eye of the dragon

That’s about it from the Bogs for today.  Thank you for visiting.  If we hurry, we can catch an hour or two of sunlight before the dark settles in for the night.  Tomorrow is supposed to be sunny, too.  Perhaps we’ll take a hike to work off some of the Thanksgiving feast.  Don’t forget boots or waterproof shoes.  It’s still pretty boggy out there, but at least it doesn’t look like this anymore:

Yesterday's rain

In case I don’t see you tomorrow, have a wonderful Thanksgiving (if you’re celebrating it).  🙂

38 Comments on “Feathers in my cap”

  1. Pat Bean says:

    Your dark woods would be great illustrations for fairy tales.

  2. tedgriffith says:

    So glad your commitments are going well and that changes are being noticed. I love the firewood image, such warm colors. Have a great Thanksgiving. 🙂

  3. great to visit with you here today. Have a blessed Thanksgiving.

  4. Happy Thanksgiving, my friend…we all have so much to be thakful for. Enjoy the sunshine.

  5. Wishing you a Happy Thanksgiving tomorrow (I know there will be ONE very thankful turkey! 😉

  6. ceceliafutch says:

    Have a wonderful vegetarian Thanksgiving. 🙂

  7. dragonfae says:

    Love the “Eye of the Dragon”! Happy Thanksgiving!

  8. skip704 says:

    The turkey is my least favorite part of the Thanksgiving meal, but I think I would miss it if we substituted something more vegetarian. I hope you have a wonderful meal. The pictures in today’s blog are especially beautiful.

    • Robin says:

      Thank you, Carolyn. 🙂

      To be honest, I did miss the turkey. Although I’ve never been particularly fond of meat, turkey is favorite. But the meal was delicious, nourishing, and quite filling, meeting all of the Thanksgiving requirements.

  9. Siannaphey says:

    I love the thanksgiving tradition, although never experienced it, I wish we had it in Australia. There should be more gratitude enriching days such as this. Beautiful photographs and the meal sounds delicious. x

    • Robin says:

      Thank you, Siannaphey. 🙂

      I agree. I think the world would be a better place with more “gratitude enriching days” (as you put it). It’s something we can practice on our own. Perhaps if we do it, one person at a time, the gratitude will grow.

  10. Have a wonderful turkeyless Thanksgiving:) My favorite photo was your last one with the rain and the tiny splash.

  11. TBM says:

    Happy Thanksgiving. Loved the dark wood photos…perfect for this time of year.

  12. ladyfi says:

    Oh WOW! That first shot just blew me away – it’s gorgeous! Happy Thanksgiving, if you celebrate…

  13. OMG, Robin. These images take my breath away. Have to be among the most amazing you have ever done. Happy Thanksgiving to you, my friend.

  14. boatacrosstheriver says:

    Dear Robin — Happy Thanksgiving to you! Love the picture of the rain bouncing up.

  15. Love those dark woods.

  16. jane tims says:

    Hi Robin. ‘hint of flames in the firewood’ is great… Jane

  17. Dana says:

    I hope you enjoyed your vegetarian Thanksgiving, Robin! It was probably a big adjustment, especially because Thanksgiving and turkey are so culturally entwined now… Tofurkey doesn’t really cut it! 🙂

    (I never had turkey at Canadian Thanksgiving growing up, so I literally don’t know what I’m missing. I’m grateful for that!)

  18. eof737 says:

    The lotus shot is stunning! 🙂

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